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Empires & Puzzles: Match-3 RPG Negative Reviews

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Good start but shine wears quicklyThe game starts as a reasonable match 3 hero collecting, alliance building game with a simple story and PvP elements. However it falls down quickly. While you progress quickly early on, you then become stuck in a grind for better heroes and ascension items, which are few and far between...unless you are willing to part with some serious money. The biggest issue is that once you get around to level 20-25, your progress slows down so much that it's a very long grind to get anywhere, often waiting for months on end to get items to ascend your heroes...if you're lucky. Have a look, but you'll soon see why many long term gamers have become frustrated..Version: 1.8.1

THIS GAME IS A CHEAT. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME !If you don’t value your time or money then download this game. This is the most unbalanced game I’ve ever played. The whole game based on raising your team power number so your team becomes stronger and wins more battles right ? Wrong ! Your team power means nothing. It all depends on the stones you get. If you get good stones, you can beat an opponent with way bigger team power number then yours, or the opposite, with bad stone you can loose to someone with way less team power number. So all the time and money spent only for the sake of spending time and money. Does not reflect much on your game progression. If you spending money, trying to get 5star heroes, just so you know the chances of that approx. 1/10000. In the last several month I spent over $100 only getting 3star heroes. Not to mention that the algorithm of the game will let you progress only as much before crapping up your game. This game makes you spend money believing you are in control, where truly you just pay to observe RNG which your progress has no impact on. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. Skip this one, no doubt !.Version: 29.0.1

Completely and utterly riggedI will admit that this is a beautiful game but it is ruined by being rigged against you once you have gotten past the first 2-3 stages in the campaign. The tiles that you need to win the level are rarely there whereas the ones that you don’t want to use are always in large quantities. Also the game does not really let you win a fight based on how levelled up a hero is but more on how many stars they have and they’re special abilities, you know the parts of the hero that you can’t control. The system for summoning the heroes is terrible because the normal daily summon always gives you the same crappy one star heroes. It’s very frustrating. Overall this is a very bad game and I am extremely close to deleting it. The two star rating is based on aesthetic alone..Version: 40.0.0

Game of luckGame makes you spend a lot of money to be good, it’s not a fair game and the game decided when you get good tiles and when you don’t. Nothing to do with puzzle. Just a money making scheme and game of probability. Don’t waste your time or money on the game.Version: 38.0.1

Great Idea Failed ExcecutionThe developers don’t understand balance and how to increase power creep. Having played the game religiously for three years and spending over 1000USD on the game I don’t expect to be lose to a newbie just because they have the new heroes who are still substantially lower level but so overpowered compared to older heroes that already took me money and time to get and level. So if you’re new, play for a bit until new heroes come out. Then you’re obsolete even if you spend money because it’s so expensive and hard to get the rare heroes. The worst part of the game by far is their PvP. Shame, I love the game play for the most part but it’s really not worth your time to play if you’re a serious gamer that expects fairness and the use of skill and strategy over luck and how deep your pockets are..Version: 29.0.1

An initially fun game, that tries to compel you to spend money on it like a slot machine.Like all mobile phone games - these are out to make you spend as much as possible, for as little effort on their part. While this was an initially fun and interesting game, it becomes painfully clear as time goes on that everything decent, is behind coughing up an insane amount of cash. Just about everything in this game can be acquired by paying more money. Basically to even beat the non competitive parts of the game without wasting your entire life playing this game, one does need to spend money to get better heroes etc. What’s more, everything is through “surprise mechanics”, so you are paying to use a slot machine. I have spent hundreds, perhaps much more on this game, and only when one tallies this up, and compares it to what you might have done otherwise with the same amount of money - it should become painfully obvious that this was a ridiculous waste of money. The insidious thing is that part of the trap, is that once you’ve “invested” that much into this game, it is often quite difficult to simply discard it all, as apart from the entrenched monetisation mechanisms; there is a fun game buried somewhere in here. So like with all mobile games - don’t play this, and don’t fall into the trap of spending any money on this game..Version: 37.0.1

Absolutely pay to winGo ahead and play this game and you will quickly see that it is a pay to win. You pay money to increase your chances of obtaining items. You can pay money to get guaranteed items. If you pay money and have a guaranteed that you can advance you player then it’s a pay to win. Forget the reviews saying otherwise. They blitz you with constant Ad’s to entice you to spend more money to level your characters faster than people who don’t. Don’t be fooled. If you start this game today and never spend money then you will still be at the bottom 5 years from now wondering why you spend so much time on this wasted pay to win game. The other stupid issue with this game is that the programmers handicap the attacker severely. I mean severely. They tamper with the “board” to make it very difficult to beat someone. They do this by reducing the needed colors for your team. They also protect the defenders from dying when low on health. This is extremely frustrating. You may have 500+ power on your opponents and they still win. You can totally dominate a team and kill 3 or 4 out the 5 only to have them all revive at full mana and wipe out your team. Totally stupid. I give this game a 0 stars and tell you not to waste your time on this game. Find another game that’s more enjoyable to play..Version: 45.0.0

Developers Cash CowI’m writing this review based on the game now - I am one of the higher ranked players in the game, and have been playing several months. Initially the game was fun and enjoyable until you progress past level 15 or so. You get no achievements or rewards for finishing the main storyline, and “heroes of the month” have now been brought in encouraging people to spend money to buy gems to get these heroes - there is no rhyme or reason to how they appear, and you can summon 30 heroes and not get any, or one and be successful. Due to the strength of some of these it makes for a massively uneven playing board. The latest addition is “Challenges” which again are done with the intent of spending money but without the guarantee of any success or reward, and to actually win the final level needed to acquire loot is exceptionally difficult if not impossible for many. Ascension items for heroes are hard to come by, and multiple numbers are needed for higher level heroes, making progression very difficult and completely down to chance. If you want a game to play for a few days then delete, this will do well, but it’s changed massively from when I first started playing and not for the better!.Version: 1.7.2

Most rigged game I’ve ever downloaded.Seriously, eff this game. So many popups from within the app, not even external ads, make the game borderline unplayable especially right after you open it. $30 sale here, $20 sale there, and they pop up right as you exit out of other windows, but they put the “purchase” button right by the exit button so it’s easy to accidentally buy in-game currency, “gems,” which you need an astronomical amount of to do anything. Expect to pay about $70 in real U.S. dollars PER HERO to level them up to max lvl. Also, the Raids option is absolute BS, automated teams deal twice to 4x as much damage as your own with no chance to parry/block attacks. You maybe get 3-4 turns to beat an opponents team before you’re dead, because their automated dmg is 3x as potent as yours. Titans are ridiculously hard to defeat especially by small alliances, the developers beg for and all but steal your money constantly, they keep saying “we fixed Raids to make them more fair” which really means “we made them even harder because %$&@ you, AND we gave bots and spoofers extra damage and defense.” I want to drive to the developers’ studio and shove Colen’s fire axe where the sun don’t shine, this game had such potential and it just does not deliver. Money-grubbing, cheesy, extremely difficult without pay-to-play, unless you want to throw your phone out of sheer frustration and then ragequit like the weeb you are then don’t download this game..Version: 22.0.0

TrippedThis game falls flat at the feet of other similar story alliance building games because of the awkward and sad dialogue choices. I could go into how the games algorithm stops you from progressing if you don’t buy or grind for months, but I don’t really need to, to say why this is a mediocre ,at best, game. To be honest just my opinion I don’t like the cutscenes. It just feels like the game tripped, fell on it’s face and decided “This is what I should be like.” Not worth getting if you have anything better to do and you may as well get a mainstream game instead..Version: 1.9.2

WowThis game is just a huge scam, thanks.Version: 19.1.0

It’s all about the moneyI would of at one point recommend this game to anyone as it can be quite enjoyable, but it takes months of being able to really get your heroes to full max power, in which while your waiting you get constantly raided for trophies and can’t progress against higher players and you feel useless taking part in the war as your heroes are too weak to make any difference, and any good alliance doesn’t want you, the only way to progress fast is to buy gems and hope you get a good hero. I lost over 800 gems during a glitch and small giant didn’t care as they are only interested on money they make from you. I don’t want to be part of a company like that and will never put a single penny into the game again. My advice is don’t download it as there’s nobody there to help you if you have a problem with purchase items. Find a game where you can be part of a team without it costing a absolute fortune as the price of gems is a total rip off. It’s not a nice company at all, your just their farmers.Version: 17.1.0

AnnoyingAlgorithm and logic is rubbish. Annoying at its finest. If the raids are written to allow you to win more trophies if the component has higher team power and holds more trophies than you. That is Always the case for those raiding me, but don’t apply when I raid others. Unfair and annoying. Boards should be decent, doesn’t allow you to have a fair chance at raids or maps. This has in-app purchases, it is crazy how you should pay more than the average money to progress in this game. Also don’t understand how this game has ranking 4.6. Would delete this app ASAP but choose to co play with my partner. Dumbest game ever..Version: 1.12.7

Needlessly complicatedIt seems like a fun, thought out game with a somewhat generic, yet fun backstory reminiscent of LOTR, but the gameplay seems all over the place. I downloaded it for a CandyCrush type gameplay looking for some mind numbing fun. The first five or so rounds you are stuck with scripted gameplay that forces your hand in choosing which moves to make (spoiler: they are not the best available). Then you get to base making stage which seems a bit out of place. Why would you engage in base building? Surely there are better and more suited games out there that would satisfy all your base building needs. So I kinda left it after two minutes. That said there is probably a good audience for that game. It seems well made. My only gripe with it is that along the way it also tries to be something it shouldn’t be.Version: 30.0.3

Will no longer workWill not let me update.Version: 1.9.1

UpdateNow why the hell do I need to put my bank details in game update to continue playing a free game??? I just want to play game?? But it won’t let me in without updating and if I update game wants bank details which is making me think I’m been scammed??.Version: 1.13.1

Sure, I’ll leave a review.This Atlantis thing you’ve got going on, brilliant. You made sure that you can get 97 of those coins so that you’d have to beat at least 1 level on hard to get a character. Cool. Except for the moth on the last wave of the FIRST level. He’s OP. And unless I’ve already spent a bunch of money getting other characters there’s no way on Earth I’m beating this fella. I spent 175 gems to keep fighting, thinking that maybe it would be enough. It wasn’t. He can take out an entire crew. Just 5 turns. Unfortunately he had about 25% health. Which meant he could wreck twice in a row and still have 20% health. It’s a nice mix between “very clever way of getting people to spend money” and “good lord I have to delete this because I’m not adding it to my list of bills”. Thanks for the short ride. My dreams of having at least one character that wasn’t run-of-the-mill have been shattered and I’d rather just play sudoku now anyways. Sustainability is key. But by all means, swipe as much money from the people who can afford it and just start a new game once this one’s done. - Average person.Version: 1.14.2

You will have to spend to progressThis is a great game, the lower levels are fast and exciting, however to progress in the long run you will have to spend money, you can play for free but it will be difficult to progress. Be aware before you get hooked, I’ve played for eighteen months but I do regularly spend and have made top tier..Version: 31.0.6

Used to be good but now it’s just grossHave played for three years and what once was a game that you could spend a moderate amount of money on and still have a great experience has turned into a game where the developer has it sights only on maximizing the amount of money they can extract from their players. New heroes are released at unreal speeds with massive power upgrades ensuring that if you don’t spend to pull these heroes your roster will never be able to do anything. Ascension materials that you used to be able to earn in game have been cut back to where you never expect to get any while the offers to buy these items at ridiculous prices has gone through the roof. Worst is that if there is a good hero that a lot of people spend money on and too many people get it they will nerf it into irrelevance despite the fact people paid good money for that hero. They take advantage of people who are addicted to this game and exploit peoples weakness. Look up gatcha games before you even think about this game and realize this company tries to exploit their player base..Version: 45.0.4

PubC’est trop charger de publicité et promo qui pollue l’écran. Ça manque de vision graphique. La solution c’est le jeu: War of Valhalla...identique avec moins de pub!.Version: 31.0.3

Money drainerBeen playing the game for 3 years and do love the game concept but My only gripe is that in summoning heroes eg “Legend Summons” I forked out over $300 (yup silly me) to only get what is common 3 star heroes and a few 4 star. All able to get through normal summons. No special 5 star...just money gone. I rate the game 3 stars for the reason that it frustrates you to progress and you get sucked into spending money..Version: 29.0.1

Great Game - At the beginningA great game at the beginning, but unless you spend money, you will not progress. It’s almost like there is a logarithm in play - unless you pay, you will not advance, as you rarely get good hero’s above 3 Stars, and certain items like trapping tools, shield and hidden blades are very rarely found, therefore you can not ascend your hero. Best part is being in an alliance and you get to chat with people from around the world. Pity, as it is a good game..Version: 22.1.3

What have you done?!Been playing this game on and off for a few years now and really started to get into it even spent money on it. BUT..... what have you done?! I upgraded training camp and only get epic heroes as opposed to legendary, I stupidly believed when it said chance of training with legendary! The tournaments now... what?! Clearly made changes there as every time the opponent has a min of two heroes already fired up, thought it was supposed to be the same tile play?! The chances of getting any decent heroes on any of the summons is pee poor. I agree wholeheartedly with other players who have stated that it has been made into a money spinning game. I won’t be spending anymore for sure and am looking for a replacement game. What a shame you ruined it..Version: 31.0.3

DeceitfulBeen playing almost 4 years and they are worse at listening to their players. They are just looking for money at all costs and treat loyal players terribly. If you want to lose a lot of money, play this game otherwise find a better game, there are a ton out there..Version: 31.0.6

1% is a lieI did 106 rolls to meet the 1% criteria and got nothing of the such. 300 dollars later and I sent a customer complaint asking them to honour their 1% claim and I was met with “Sorry to hear you don’t like our system and best of luck next time” Nothing at all for complaints, terrible customer service and a bunch of liars that do not honour their own claim of 1%. Obviously control their feedback as well no way a game that cares this little over their users could have such a high rating..Version: 35.0.2

Greedy developersDecent game, love my alliance thats the only reason im still playing this game, however getting only 2 hero of the month and 1 monthly event challenge hero in over 2 1/2 years of playing is a joke, with over hundreds of $$$ spent, dont waste money on this game guys. Greedy developers I’ve done 4x over 40k gems and got absolutely nothing. This game is rigged, if you spend $$$ its program will not give anything so you spend more $$$. Odds are a joke, they say its based on luck, pppffftttttt right. Please explain how the people in diamond arena has so many Telluria. I’ve done over 35 pulls and got absolutely nothing but 3 star heros. Don’t waste your hard earn cash for this trash game ods..Version: 28.1.0

FixI suggest to everyone avoid this game at all costs they have made it to make players pay as much as possible for a game that has been fixed by the makers to their advantage every battle is fixed doesn’t matter who you have in your team the battle has already been decided before you fight it use to be a good game until they decided to get greedy and try and rob you they tell you all kinds of rubbish saying it’s not just don’t believe the rubbish they give it’s a fixed game just like most makers do fix it for their pockets and mug off players who just like to play a good decent fair game which there are not many of them so avoid at your costs unless you wish to throw money away for a fixed game.Version: 30.0.3

You won’t really progress unless you spend lots of money!For the first week or so I enjoyed the game but you soon realise that to really progress in the game.... you do have to spend your money to buy gems. It is really expensive to buy enough gems to be able to get on in this game. The concept is fun, the graphics, lay out and design has obviously been in the planning for a while, there is a lot of time and effort gone into this game, but let’s face it...... it’s all about them making money and fleecing you of your hard earned cash and if you want to progress later in the game you will be spending a fortune to be able to compete and carry on playing. Unless you have hundreds or maybe even thousands of ££££££’s to waste, I would suggest NOT downloading and playing..Version: 16.1.0

Purely pay to winHaving played the game for over 3 years I feel it’s necessary to warn those thinking of downloading that to make decent progress you will have to pay, regularly and often. This has become more blatant in recent months - I don’t feel that Small Giant have any sense of fair play. Sure, when you first start progression is made easy for the first few days but you’re still highly unlikely to summon any 5* heroes without paying. Even when you do pay for extra summons the chance of getting the better heroes and items is ridiculously low. If the developers brought in item and hero trading within your own alliance this would balance things out but despite being a feature requested regularly for years it’s never been implemented. I would avoid recommending this to new players, the only reason I still play is because of the time and money I have already invested in the game along with my alliance being a great group of people.Version: 40.0.0

Quickly get stuck unless you payThis game is cool but you quickly get stuck unless you’re paying for the strong characters….Version: 46.0.1

Paywall ScamI have now had enough of this game and its cash grab scam. Yes the game is fun make absolutely no mistake, but don't be fooled as the fun doesn't last forever. I always throw some bucks at a free game if I enjoy it. So far I have thrown down $22 for absolutely nothing. I get it that the game becomes difficult at a certain point and there is your paywall, if you enjoy the game enough ”pay” a little to carry on, if not no probs, stop playing. But when you pay to unlock better characters to get you past this point only to find out its a chance like 1% of getting something useful I get angry at the developers greed. My $22 has literally got me the same nonsense you get for free!!! Like I say, good game, to a point..Version: 21.0.2

Great game Let down by blind greedI have played this game for several years and sadly the one constant in this game is the poor rewards, rubbish recycled heroes you get even when u pay a lot of money for a batch of summons and over priced cost and lack of ascension materials. I have spent my share to ascend heroes and ascension materials and sadly the developers are greedy and only see dollars. We all understand cost to design and maintain a great game but when the rewards are so pitiful and the cost of gems ridiculous it just shows that corporate suits and no game designers control this. Forget all the B.S. reviews saying it’s free and I tell all my friends and family to join and play coz it’s great.. on the developers payroll for sure...Version: 46.0.1

Quite a disappointmentI enjoyed this game for a while but after some point got very disappointed because of poor balance of its random ratio and super pushy marketing. Spending lots of money which is a necessity in this game, if u would like to move forward and reach certain level, doesn’t mean anything in the end. Developers really should work more on fixing a random ratio problem and other technical issues because it’s becoming an absurd, 60 summons can give u only 3* and after you will be getting three 5* dupes. They should decrease chance of getting the same hero at least in certain period of time. However instead they are working on new marketing which pushes you to spend, like goblin balloon which simply ruins the nice picture of the base. And it’s just one out of dozens examples how this game consistently loosing its quality..Version: 31.0.3

Rip offThis game is a money grab. Purchases charged that were never made and gems and loot tickets stolen when refund for purchase not made was requested..Version: 35.0.0

Blatant money grabberThese developers are master class. It’s fun and addictive...at first. Honestly you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a well thought out rouse to get you hooked and then you’ll eventually reach a point where you can’t advance without paying. I’m not jaded and venting because I’ve spent a bunch of money and now regretting it. I’m actually impressed with how they did this. Listen folks. I have spent hundreds of dollars on this game. And I know what your thinking. But no, I’m not just venting. I don’t mind spending the money. It was entertaining and I had my fun. But really people, there’s no end to it. The money only buys you so much game play ability and then you’ll have to pay more to advance again. I was heart broken to read reviews about people who finally got a 4 star warrior. I have 5 teams all made up of 4 and 5 star warriors and I literally can’t finish the first story. I invite any developers reading this to look at my game profile and tell me And everyone else that I’m lying. If you are a person of means and can afford to spend the money, than feel free to do so. But be warned, spending that money will only get you to the next step. Rest assured, you’ll need to spend more to see what comes next..Version: 17.0.2

Waste Of TimeThis Game Is A Waste Of Time, Empire And Puzzles More Like Empires And Money! It’s Nearly Impossible To Play The Game Without Spending Money 💵 The Game Treats 5* Like 3* And The Events And Multiple Pulls Are Trash! The Game Is A Waste Of Time And Unfair Don’t Download It!!.Version: 38.0.1

Don’t put any money into this gameThe games is ok, but the over reliance on “random” means you need to pour thousands into this game if you want to have a consistently fun time playing. The random aspect of battles mean unless you way over power the other fighter you will lose a lot. My progress has stalled not going to make any gains until the create heroes building I have gives me a legendary rare drop. The new area to do PvE in is nice but it was locked to 3 provinces soon was cleared in a weekend nothing much left to do, but log on, use up the resources auto playing and log off again. Sad I really enjoyed the first few months, now it feels like a WoW grind for a tiny gain..Version: 15.0.1

Pay to play game.Do no play this game worse game ever!!! there is no support and there’s no fun unless you’re a money payer, I actually paid money one time but apparently not enough.. This game in no way is good for you if you are not willing to pay, if you’re looking for a fun game that does not make you pay, do not play this game..Version: 19.1.0

I’m not a gamblerI would give this game a higher rating. There’s so many good things about the game play and different ways to play. I’ve played it everyday since November 2018. I’m embarrassed to say how much I have spent on gems, but I added it up $5,200. I went from rarely spending on a game to overspending small buys at a time. Most purchases were under $30. I don’t mind spending money to get what I need. But I don’t like to gamble. In other games you spend money on gems and buy the hammer you want. Here you buy gems with a 1-3% chance to get that hammer. In this case a particular hero. At the height of my spending I spent over $600 trying to get a particular hero and didn’t even get it. I’m so far invested in the game, it’s hard to walk away. If I had it to do over I would not download this game. My opinion further degraded over recent decisions the developers made. We don’t have any rights after spending money time and resources on our teams. They can just change the hero at will. There’s many simple things they could do to make the game less like gambling. If the priced a hero at $200 and you knew you could get it for the money or you could pull for it at the summon gate that would be great. If they stopped messing with heroes after they’re released. Again simple fix that costs them nothing. I’ve tried to stop spending, but it’s harder than going vegan. I have to stop playing. $5,200 worth small buys is out of control. Don’t start playing..Version: 30.0.2

New games, new names, same problemsA needlessly elaborate schematic designed to confuse you into thinking you can play for free. Quickly gets too hard to do so. But more than the standard and expected money grab is the baffling added difficulty thrown at you to actually *play* the basic puzzle game. Upgrade a web of buildings in a long linear series to Recruit heroes to train heroes up levels to ascend heroes of five different types. With taking days to move each step. Why stop your gamers from playing? 1 star not for the money grab but the inane thoughts in the "boardroom" that this style of play is likeable by those that play puzzle matching games. Speaking of money grabs though. This developers here are masterclass. You can (and will) pay hundreds of dollars (I have spent close to 1000 on this game) buying *chances* to get what you need. And the chances are (not surprisingly) near zero. Exact chances? Guess. And you won’t have to guess who figured out that in their boardroom? You will be laughed at in that boardroom. Key items are kept from you from fully ascending you heroes though which can’t be bought. Ascending them *if* you get lucky and pay money is amazingly difficult at higher levels with months of grinding (during which time you will be spending more money). Honestly this game makes you wonder why anyone would deal illegal drugs. Here the developers have found something more profitable, zero material cost and somehow legal..Version: 1.10.2

Waste of timeAt the start everything is great. Your characters level up quick, easy to moderate to kill bosses. But now the game is ridiculous you hardly get any materials to level up your hero’s I haven’t received any materials to ascend my 4 star hero’s over 3 months of playing 3 times or more a day. The game now is not fun to play I’m over waiting and not receiving any materials or summon and higher star hero. Same goes for the troops. Deleting the game..Version: 30.0.2

MehI hate and wasn’t interested in this game because it was a matching three game and I don’t like that and it was lagging a lot also was constantly asking on using money. -.-.Version: 19.1.0

Frustrating and getting worseI’ve played for about two years and have increasingly found the game is getting worse, the community is absolutely brilliant most players are happy to help and give direction, the game and creators however are both shocking. I understand most gaming apps are money makers but most paid gaming apps give a little back this game doesn’t and that is down to one thing , MONEY GRABBING CREATORS who do not have the players in mind. Most battles during war are only winnable if you’re opposition forgets to attack as the match making is atrocious, raid battles I find boring and not worth any of my time as the prizes are way below par. If you’ve got cash to waste by a lottery ticket don’t fill these peoples pockets..Version: 30.0.3

Pay LOTS to winThe game itself is fun at the start. There is a lot to do and it keeps you busy. The cost of the main resource, gems, is reasonable and you can subscribe for benefits. But after a few months you realize that the rate of reward is a borderline scam. I have spent hundreds of gems in an attempt to get the best heroes, or the limited time heroes, and inevitably, you end up with low ranked rewards or duplicates. I have gotten my most powerful hero 4 times. And when there is a special event, you spend extra gems to try to get the new heroes, but get the same duplicates you paid much less for before. And the rare items needed to advance your hero into the highest power levels are so rare that my characters have been capped for months. Of course, you can spend hundreds of gems on “deals” that give you a chance to win them, but in all likelihood will give you a lesser item you already have little use for. I went from believing this was the most cost effective game to realizing it is a total money grubbing scam. Of course, you don’t have to spend money. Just don’t expect to compete or get cool stuff if you don’t. My wife and I realized this after several months of subscribing. Guess we got suckered..Version: 16.0.0

Used to be goodI’ve been playing this game since nearly its release. I’ve invested time and money into it for countless hours of entertainment. Game had its hiccups at first but the devs were good at updating and fixing them. It has a good social aspect as far as team play, given you find a good and active clan. However, in the past five months or so the game has been going downhill as far as gameplay. The loot system has been updated and now more difficult to win higher tier loot, so sad, and gaining 5* heroes. It’s a color matching puzzle game which you use to attack titans, monsters, as well as other players. On of the strategies in this game is using the color wheel in your favor, called stacking. Before the game felt a little more balanced giving you the colors you need, now it’s quite the opposite. The colors you need are ALWAYS far and few. The devs have indicated that Is not the case, but playing it will prove otherwise. So many people of posted this on the forums, however the devs (lying to their consumers) keep saying it’s not true. Posts have been locked and deleted. Although the game is free you can pay to hasten building, expanding, and pull heroes (random). As much time and money I put into this game I enjoyed it when the devs began seeing dollar signs instead of keeping their customers happy. No longer fun to play. So many other games out there that deserve my time..Version: 20.1.2

Avoid if you want value for your timeDon’t be fooled by this utter cesspool of a game. The nice easy entry to play mechanics that actually make no sense later on in the game. The lure of pay to win, that yes you pay but in no way shape and form do you win. Recycled garbage heroes from one event to the next means any gems you faithfully save up to try your “luck” are a waste of the energy it took to get them. If you get lucky and get a 4 or 5 star hero don’t expect to get the ascension items needed to get that hero up there. And don’t expect them to do anywhere near the damage they do when you go against them in a raid. Be fully aware that higher tier raiding groups have full access to your tier and can and do pillage you every opportunity. Oh and don’t try make any sense of the raiding tiers. There isn’t any involved. Lv60+ players with their decupping methods ensure than any raids you win are short lived when they log back on and revenge you in seconds..Version: 35.0.0

Great game... BUT...Question for the developers - Will you come out and admit here that in order to progress much beyond medium levels, you must spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to defeat the built in cheats? I mean there’s no shame in that, but I started playing this game because I thought it wouldn’t be that way. Once you reach a certain level (around 2500 team points) all of a sudden, raid matchups are never equal and you spend tens of thousands in food just to get a fair matchup. The gem colors in puzzles start tilting in favor of the opponent (ie you can’t build mana for your more powerful characters in matches) and finding the items you need to ascend your characters becomes nearly impossible - you can’t even buy them outright - you have to buy packs or “chances” at the option to win the items which, of course, never happens. Finally -and while this is fair it’s frustrating - the people who have spent thousands of dollars have all fully ascended, five star teams that are impossible to beat if you’re a lowly pauper like me. So c’mon developers - can you give us the confirmation or give us a hint of how to advance play if you’re going to try and say none of the above is the case?.Version: 25.1.2

MisleadingPay to win expensive items and misleading offers.Version: 31.0.2

Empires and puzzlesBad money pit. Only way to win is spend the odds of pulling good game play is less than 1%. Better odds would keep people interested.Version: 35.1.0

DO NOT under any circumstances spend money on this game.Been playing for years. Not a bad game and can be fun. Like so many others, eventually spent a little here and there to get better. Then spent more to get competitive. Then a lot more to be the best. So why the bad review? Because the developers refuse to make simple changes to improve the game and are now making huge changes that undo months and sometimes years worth of time, effort and money. It’s like spending and working on building a house only to be told after it’s done that a law is now passed making it illegal for people to live in houses. Sounds crazy, but that’s what you are dealing with here. You get suckered into spending money. Also, they now list odd for the paid gambling to get certain heroes - but the odds are complete bs and the outcomes are fixed. Nowhere else in life will you find the daily defiance of the odds to the extent of this ridiculousness. For example, the odds of getting something good (when you pay) may be listed at 30%. Yet you can go for it 20 times in a row and not get it even once. That’s a 1000 to 1 chance. Yet you will see this kind of thing over and over. And the odds of something bad may be 30% yet you will see it happen a 9 times in a row over and over. That’s a 1 in 50,000 chance. This game had a chance to be great and to be honest. It’s neither. Best to just stay away from this money pit..Version: 29.0.1

Greedy game with greedy developers.You progress fast at the beginning. Then, all of a sudden, progress slows to snail speed and the only way to get anywhere is to use your gems. These don’t last long, and there are very expensive options to buy more that won’t last long. Also, the enemies become very powerful at the same time, and the colour combos you need to defeat them become more rare. This doubles the lives you need to defeat the enemies. While this is happening, the heroes you can get from replaying earlier levels become more scarce. Meanwhile, all the upgrades cost a lot more food and iron (or gems), so upgrading buildings takes forever. Of course, as the building levels increase, the time they take to upgrade is far too long. Playing the game slows to a grinding halt and isn’t enjoyable anymore. I’m about to delete it. Shame, because it’s a well designed game ruined by greedy developers. Not worth it..Version: 1.13.5

Be prepared to spendGreat game that I’ve enjoyed immensely, however you need at least US$100 per month if you want to be barely competitive. Developers put out low cost offer regularly so it does feel like you’re spending, but it adds up very quickly. If you have a tendency towards addictive spending / gambling then do not download this game..Version: 30.0.0

This game is straight pay-to-winP&E is fun & addictive, but is ABSOLUTELY pay-to-win. You can’t be a good team w/o having 5-star heroes on your roster, & it’s virtually impossible to get a single 5-star w/o paying. Anyone who has more than 1 or 2 5-star heroes in their deck has spent hundreds of dollars on this game. The top teams who have their entire deck stacked w/ 5-star heroes have undoubtedly spent over a thousand dollars. People may go into the game thinking they can just grind & get 5-star heroes slowly & patiently. It doesn’t happen. Earning gems w/o buying packs are too slow; you will legitimately spend a month to earn enough gem to summon 1 hero, & get a 3-star. You have save & grind for several months to earn enough gems to draw 10 at a time, & you will only gets 3 or 4 star heroes. Realistically, the only way to get a 5-star is to do a 3 or 4 10-draws in a row, & earning enough gems to do that many 10-draws will take months, if not a year of grinding. The other way to get a 5-star hero thru a level 20 Training Center. Well, it takes months to build a level 20 TC, & once you have it, it takes a lot of resources & 2 full days to try to train a 5-star, but even then the drop rates for 5-stars from a TC is basically non-existent. A guy on my team in this game was keeping a tally of how many heroes he was getting from his TCs, & he had done over 70 by last count & gotten only 3 & 4-stars. That’s literally months of effort for squat..Version: 23.0.1

Money pitI started playing this game around 3 years ago, back then it was a great addictive game I’d spend hours playing, building up my base & levelling up the characters. At some point though it became a money pit, every time you open up the app you are bombarded with various offers ranging from £1.99 to £99. If like me you’re competitive you get sucked in, paying ridiculous money to get the latest heroes… problem is they started releasing new features & heroes constantly, meaning more offers & so on. It became less about building a great team to a completely pay to win dynamic. Each time a new set of heroes appear they are stronger than the older heroes, if you don’t pay you become weaker, plus heroes you spent time & resources levelling up become redundant. A frustrating waste of money..Version: 38.0.3

Should be called “Farming for days...and empires”The game’s alright The pacing is just about manageable BUT its basically buy micro transactions or farm for days and get no-where The game is fine till you get a full 3 star team at which point progressing further is a nightmare unless you pay to win. Challenges are good but not if the prospect of progressing hinges on you getting several 4 star characters who are strong enough and ridiculously difficult to get through the portal they tell us to use. I think the scaling also needs a bit of work. It doesn’t need to be easy but there are points where you literally can’t get through unless you get stronger characters which takes forever if you try to do it without paying..Version: 18.0.2

No longer workingReally enjoyed it until the latest update. Downloaded update and now I going round and round in circles, download update, which has been done and open ends in download update, frustrating and a shame..Version: 1.8

Don’t botherThis game was great when it came out. But they keep introducing newer more powerful characters which your best chance to get is based on $$$ spent to increases random chance. So the game is rapidly being ruled by op characters where the average player it spending piles of money gets screwed. They also play around with odds on the shields. If you have two of five of same color the odds of that color appearing go down! This has been proven by players tracking the screens over and over yet they deny it occurs even if such “bad luck” happens to encourage you to use items which again you can buy! They care only about the next dollar not game balance so save your money. Also note every critical review gets the same packaged its free to play we offer items for those wanting a faster pace. IE .. pay to win. Since raids on others and war with others is part of the game those paying through the nisr for a faster pace slaughter the non payers and you get far less rewards than they do. Its not equal chance when those spending piles of cash can dominate player interactions. And if you choose not to participate in that well you are penalized with even less rewards and even slower growth. So its stand there and be beat by those spending money to get something or don’t join and slough on slowly ohhhh so slowly to advance. Nice choice.Version: 39.0.2

Empires and Puzzles is a ripoff!I enjoyed this game at the beginning, I have been playing about a year and am embarrassed about how much I have spent and how little I’ve gotten for my money. If you like match games, go ahead and download this game, but my advice is don’t spend any extra money and if you do don’t expect much. Tavern of Legends is a joke, I did numerous summons only to get a boatload of of the weakest characters available and one that was mediocre that I already had several copies of. I’m actually planning on reducing my time with this game as it has been a huge disappointment. I’m in an alliance so I’ll help with titans but other than that I’ve pretty much had it. My advice save your time and save your money. Cheers..Version: 33.0.0

Totally time consuming, money sapping and ultimately enraging!!Don’t bother with game if you want any fun. The statistics of you getting good heroes feels on par with winning the lottery, the time then taken to power them can be counted in several weeks, then there are talents which take even longer to build up. It took me 12 months to get a full 5* team (one of each colour) and about 2 and a half years to get one of each colour 4* army. Basically in over 2.5 years of playing pretty much daily I have an average team to fight in clan battles. This was with in game offer purchases. I still don’t have one fully levelled up and fully talented up 5* hero after all that time. I could be playing another 6-12 months before I’d have enough to talent up just one of the heroes fully. For all the times you feel like you are progressing the game is still a game of chance where depending on the colours given will depend on whether you beat any opponents... save your time and effort on something else..Version: 25.1.2

Just read this..Don’t spend on this game. Take it from me, and many others that have went (free to play) I’ve spent, but can tell you now that it’s not worth it. You don’t have to spend, but the game throws ads for summons at you like crazy. The devs come out with heroes, then the community complains that a certain hero is over powered, and so they end up nerfing a hero so bad, that they become worthless, and this is AFTER you’ve spend a few hundred bucks to try to get them. This game is fun, don’t take me wrong. The community as a whole is great. But when the whiners whine, the devs cater to them. The developers are very greedy.. There’s a reason they made millions. Good game overall, but as I stated.. keep your money in the bank. I’ve been playing this game for 3+ years now. I have 160 heroes maxed.. 43 5* and the rest are 3* and 4* (for tournaments and events) So if you’re looking to just have fun, play this game, but you can have fun without spending. If you want to spend a bit, may I suggest going with the VIP. That’s the only thing worth it.. A 1% chance to land a 5* legendary hero or even getting a HoTM (Hero of the Month) is tough. I noticed that if you’re new, your odds are better.. There’s no guarantee that spending will get you anything.. I think spending just speeds up your frustration, but what does a player of 3+ years know..? Don’t give SG any money.. they don’t do anything for you.. They’re happy to take it and cater to the whiners, but not to the people that actually spend and appreciate the players that brought them to where they are today...Version: 32.1.0

Mo money mo money mo moneyTo play this game u will never succeed unless you are a millionaire PERIOD..Version: 29.0.0

Warning: Do not spend any money on this gameThis game encourages you to spend real money to buy gems so that you could take a gamble on getting a good hero in the game. The problem is that even if you got the best hero in this game, the game maker then takes action to change that hero you got so that its not a good hero anymore. That’s not cool if you spent real money on getting that hero. Its not so bad if you got that hero for free and didn’t spend any money on the game to get that hero. If it was real life that would be illegal as you didn’t get what you paid for. In this game it happens all the time. This game is ok as long as you do not spend any money on it..Version: 29.0.1

DisappointingThis game used to be so much fun. Everyone had a chance and the game felt fair. Not anymore the game over powers some hero’s and even if you spend money to try to get pulls the chances are very slim. I think it’s time to move away from this game..Version: 40.0.0

No supportI like the game but of all my games it is the only one that crashes sometimes 4-5 times a day. I have contacted support several times and they just ignore you. So before you spend any money on this be careful. If you play the game you would realise how frustrating it would be in the middle of a titan battle or raid the game freezes and boots you to your device home screen instantly loosing the match and rewards or cups. They need to up their support to keep customers happy..Version: 1.11.3

Getting boringThis could be a really good game but it takes so long to get what you need to ascend your cards to the next level.Version: 1.13.1

Getting Over It FastWould like to say in all fairness, the concept of this game is awesome. It gives you great opportunities to win Gems that help you highly during the game. Unfortunately, I’ve only received one 4 star hero out of the hundreds of times I’ve summoned. I know it’s chance generated, but it is really frustrating. Surely I’m not the only one who’s thought this..Version: 1.13.1

Organized crimeThese game companies need to be wrangled in by legislation.they are out of control.this developer is arrogant. Robbing people of there money. If you are a gambler and want to give your money away get the game. Your money is better spent i Vegas better odds. They keep introducing more characters that you wont get unless you spend thousands. I have played for at least a year. Apple doesn’t give a crap as long as they are getting there cut..Version: 36.0.0

Was a good game.Been forced to update and my iPad is old and I can't. So now I can't play without getting a new device..Version: 19.1.0

Deleted the game2 stars for the concept. Actually 5 for concept. But I’m stuck after one day of playing unless I spend money. Already getting raided and can’t get food. It’s too hard trying to get food and resources and waiting for energy and too frustrating don’t bother downloading. For anyone that wants alliances etc play war dragons its put together way better and cheaper and I never thought I’d say that. Very very disappointing game. -5 stars for the rest. DONT DOWNLOAD!.Version: 15.0.1

ErrorThis game is waste of time and I am not playing it anymore because it is working good till you reach level 20 but then you can’t increase your troop’s ability, it ask you for spending money and also all updates will take more then 2 days which is completely weird. Do not waste your time guys. Also if you got some crystals and try to buy a new hero then you never get that particular hero but you get something different which is error of this game. I hope my review will save your life and time. Cheers from Australia....Version: 20.1.3

Imbalanced gameNot the best game around. Your win depends on the elements that shows. You can still loose to someone who has lower br than you which is quite stupid..Version: 1.14.2

Not satisfiedThe game is basically pay to win; those who pay for stuff get better stuff than others who work hard for it. Also, I suggest that you guys increase the power if some heroes such as Jabbar, since his special ability is around the same as Zudak and jabbar is a 4 star and Zudak is a 2 star. I am suggesting to increase Jabbar’s special ability damage form 235 to 250, 260, or 270 would be amazing. Doing so would make him more like a 4 star hero and not a copy of a 2 star hero but with epic status. And I don’t think it would be unbalanced doing so. Please take this idea into consideration..Version: 30.0.2

Pay to winThis game sucks. Paid a crapload of money to have lvld up 5* heroes. Still can’t get decent boards EVER! I would quit playing LONG ago if it weren’t for how much money I’ve wasted on this stupid game..Version: 28.0.0

BEWARE!!!To new players who will end up being suckers and spending money on a off chance you might, just mighty be lucky enough to get what you so desperately need for you to win just a bit more..... DON’T!! DON’T FALL FOR THIER TRICKS!!! There’s is nothing I can not stand more than a app like this who tempts poor unsuspecting sheep into slaughter giving up their hard earned money or allowance money for no and I mean NO GAIN! When you see other players with all the “top stuff” it is usually the game developers, betas or a friend of the app makers or they are fools and spent hundreds or sadly thousands $$$ so they will have all the stuff you dream about, that YOU will never be able to have! You’ll spend a small amount an might get a lil better then you will say yes i might be lucky and spend more and then before you know it you’ll be so deep in a hole with absolutely NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT! It’s so disgusting of these type of game developers! They are no different than a casino a scratch off addiction and the drug dealer down the block getting you hooked so you’ll spend more! I’ve worked with people like this that make apps like this and that’s the reason why I don’t anymore! There are better ways to make big bucks on this app but to take millions from poor unsuspecting sheep is gross! Please players spend your money elsewhere or save it or don’t listen to me but don’t say you were never warned!.Version: 1.13

Starting not to like it anymore.I really don't like alliance wars! A lot of people cannot fully participate in it because we need to have more than at least 10 decent heroes for 2 attacks. (A) I have 6 heroes on my roster, not even enough for 2 attacks and (B)why do I have to be in the war? I don't want to take part in it! I have an attack team of 1668 that can barely get past 300trophies on raids or level 13 on maps. So why would I want to humiliate myself in front of my team by not even being able to KO the other team who are averaging on 2k defense teams while they can hit the opposing alliance multiple times? Also, what's up with the stupid pulls on summons? I've played for about at least a month and I've got 2 3star heroes and 4 2star which are basically all from training..Version: 1.10.4

Stuck in download update loopTells me there was an update to download. Go to the App Store, no updates avaliable. Reopen app, same issue..Version: 1.10.2

I’m deleting your gameI want the devs, executive teams at Small Giant, and their parent company Zynga games to know that I’m deleting your game. This is the absolute worst case of unbalanced gameplay I have ever seen. Your excessive greed may be adored by your shareholders but the players you constantly screw are the ones who pay your exaggerated salaries. There is nothing rewarding about this game. Players can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars and see little to no return. You. Are. Greedy. That’s the simplest way I can put it. Eventually more and more players will catch on and your user base will be reduced to a small handful of players that are willing to shell out the thousands of dollars it will take to get anywhere in this game. Unfortunately for you, the handful of players left won’t be enough to justify this game’s existence. I’m an advocate for no IAP games because of games like this. Your constant money grab has gone beyond encouraging players to spend a few dollars here and there to essentially forcing them to spend $30, $40, $50 dollars a month just to keep pace. Small Giant and Zynga might think it’s great to make the returns they are making, but their ethics and how they treat players is deplorable and untenable. No more IAP. I hope you take this review to heart. You know I’m right..Version: 29.0.1

More of the sameThis is kind of like every other game out there these days. Free, fun to a certain point and then you hit a pay block. Either pay really money or uninstall the game. I say this not because you HAVE to spend really money you definitely don’t but the game without the normal progression stops being fun and it becomes a game like Pokemon Go it The Simpsons Tapped Out. Press a few things, wait a day for it to reset, repeat until you’re maybe strong enough to try new levels. I don’t mind throwing some cash at free games but the only bundles that show any value are like £20 a pop and you’ll need to do that probably every 3-4 weeks. TLDR: If you don’t want a game where you will eventually feel the need to spend money to actually have fun in the game then don’t download it..Version: 1.10.4

Has promise, IF the developers listen!- Good match 3 crystal based game - I like most of the challenges, some more fun than others - After a couple of months playing I created my own syndicate of nearly 30 active players and despite the issues with the war matchups being awful, we were doing much better until they changed the algorithm for it again at the end of May 2018. The last matchup was a team far harder than us and we had no chance, proper set up to fail. - War is supposed to be a PVP fair fight. It isn’t as the algorithm does ‘revenge attacks’ which hit harder than the heroes do sometimes! Wipes your heroes out in one cold smack. NO LONGER FUN from that point especially when matched with a far harder team in the first place and you cannot use a hero more than one time in each war All that is needed for more than 3 stars is a fair war matchup with teams equal to each other and NO REVENGE ATTACKS. Its PVP, we don’t do extra revenge attacks in addition to the slapping we give the rivals! That would make it fairer and bring the fun back to it. It'd be extra awesome if you could reuse heroes in war, even if you had to give them 5 hours to recuperate or whatever like the rival seems to get... But I don’t think anyone would listen, so it’s likely to go to app heaven, deleted and delegated to being on the list of ‘download again’ apps... Just another promising game ruined by greed.Version: 1.12.6

RiggedIf you play this game you can put in a years worth of playing and not be hardly anywhere in the game. It’s Almost pointless to play. I’ve talked to other people who play the game and who have spent money on the game and they have not gotten rewarded even after spending their money. Go for a walk instead of playing.Version: 35.0.2

Need FoodNice game, ruined by greedy leveling and raiding concepts that force you to buy gems. If you have will power and don’t mind a slow progression then you’ll be fine if you lean on the other side of the fence good luck and I hope you have a good income to support this very addictive game. I won’t buy the gems as I feel that there is little value overall and as some of the other poster have said they don’t last very long. Nice game could be better if the costs to level and raid were not so high..Version: 19.1.0

Not badIt’s not a bad game to play but you save up gems for an epic summon and 99.9% of the time you’ll get the lowest rated heroes from the selection. Matchmaking is terrible. In PVP you are always matched against someone much more powerful and can’t win. Or you can spend food (seems to be the most valuable resource) to try to find another opponent but you’ll inevitably be matched with someone much more powerful again, food is so useful you just shouldn’t waste it. It’s obviously fixed to make you spend money but I feel with the chances of winning an epic hero so low it is not a game I will spend money on because I feel I’d be throwing more and more in just to gain excess useless heroes..Version: 46.0.1

No hopeSummon to get best hero’s costs so much real money and I almost never get the special hero’s after playing for years. Free summons you earn playing for free have never given me any 5 star hero’s, super disappointing. Also, I never get one particular ascension item d-blades unless I earn it in a certain event only run 2 times a year. This means I can only max a 5 star twice per year now :(.Version: 30.0.2

Alright not as bad as people saySo I have had this before but I got a new device had to start all over again takes a while to get back to where I was if u spend money in the game it’s really expensive it does help u progress I chose not to looking at all the prices at the start it is really fun and exciting but as u get better at it so does the Enemies slow to progress but still fun I play it most days but takes a long time to upgrade overall it’s a good game like it but really slow be prepared to be stuck on a level for a while 👍.Version: 44.0.2

Don’t expect to be respectBasic good game, but no great evolution. They just want your money!.Version: 32.1.2

Grind Or GreedBeen playing for 4 years. Probably dropped over au$500 on the game and feel mid-level. The grind becomes a habitual effort lacking enjoyment. The rewards are few and far between. I play this game out of habit not because I enjoy it anymore. Don’t expect much if you’re not going to pay, don’t expect much more if you do pay unless you plan on dropping hundreds of dollars into the game and even then you’ll still be disappointed. They bring out more OP heroes to entice you, and your old heroes that you spent so much time, and maybe money, on become redundant. It’s frustrating when the computer controlled characters that exactly the same as yours will do 30-50% more damage than your own. I was told it was to compensate for poor AI driving the opponents in battles. The developers don’t care. At the end of the day you’ve got a casual game to play and they just want you to spend money on it. The gameplay and outcomes are rigged to a subtle degree to make you spend more money on it. Don’t waste 4 years on this game like I did; it will just leave you feeling ripped off and empty..Version: 45.0.4

FrustratingThis is the only game I have that I frequently consider deleting. I’ve been playing for a long time and I’m tired of the problems. I can’t believe the company cares so little about its customers that they won’t fix long-standing common complaints. If you think you can relax with this game, think again. The playing field is horribly tilted against you, leading to vast amounts of frustration. It doesn’t matter how good of a team you build, you’ll be dealt awful boards that guarantee your loss before you even make a move. This happens a LOT. The raid system sets you up for failure and the numbers they give for you to use to gauge your opponent’s power is not actually helpful. Teams rated significantly weaker than yours will annihilate you. Frequently. Also, once you manage to get one of the awesome top tier heroes, it can take a year to collect the excessively rare items you need to level them fully. That is, unless you’re willing to pay obscene amounts of money. Then it only takes maybe 6 months. This game does start out fun, has a ton of heroes & events, and continues to add new content, but it gets to be very frustrating before long. Until they finally address these issues, save yourself the trouble. Don’t play..Version: 30.0.2

Game is cheating playersThis is really a fun game that has room for leadership and teamwork. The problem is after 2 years of playing the game owners decide that no matter how much money a person spends you can no longer get any top pulls, you can’t get the ascension items needed to fully level those same hero’s if you even get one. And then worse of all the matchmaking for war is completely unfair. If your top team is 3500 then your match should be 3500 but noooooooooo I get 4K match. During war you can no longer get and color tiles to play mono. Hero’s are being lowered because players know how to play and they want you to spend more and get nothing in return. Most people have hundreds or thousands invested in this game and yet we can’t even get HotM after spending over 1000 gems (100$). The special event pulls are worthless too. Nothing but 3* feeders and if your lucky enough to get a 4* it’s a feeder too. No special event 5* after spending hundreds on gems to do pulls. It really is ridiculous that the game isn’t rewarding ppl for playing! And cheating players at every turn and yet we continue to play because the game is fun, and we have to much invested with friends n money to quit, it’s just not fair..Version: 30.0.3

Suggestion for accessibilityThere needs to be a way to turn off all the flashing/high animation. Staff have made a good attempt to let you dim colours but all the flashing/animation esp of special moves is extremely difficult for someone with sensory overload/autism/visual issues. I LOVE the game that the premise is simple, colour matching to win, bonus content like building characters. But any type of flashing without warning or options to turn it off can be both upsetting and dangerous to neurodivergent or epileptic people. I've been playing for ages and being disabled/sick I love just mindlessly playing, when I can't do anything else but I have serious trouble competing in raids and special levels bc I get sick from overstimulation. There should be an option where you can play old levels for free with either no or low rewards so that you aren't constantly shut out by the timers. Yes, if you want to do extra stuff I understand why you might pay for gems etc (I have sometimes) but being constantly shut out of the game is alienating people who love it. Even if you got to play until you lost x amount of times, that'd be something. Also if you've worked to gain things for a special summon and you've done the work, it isn't fair that the summon theme ends and you're waiting for months for it to circulate back. Also you should be able to sell excess items for rewards like gems or plays etc. I think if they fixed this stuff you'd have 5x the player base :).Version: 47.0.0

LameTrying to Ascend my 4-Star Heroes, 3 months of playing Missions and Titans and not a single ‘Required Material’ has been in the items won. Also, why am I limited to 3 Iron mines when every upgrade requires Iron, and yet I can build unlimited Farms of which Food is barely used for leveling up??? What a load of ****!!!.Version: 1.14.2

Demolition of buildings!!I luv this game so far but I really feel strongly that buildings should be able to be demolished. Yes you lose the resources spent on construction & levelling up but I think you should be given the option to do so. Talking to support is useless. All you get is ‘we aren’t able to interact with the game/account’ as though it’s a separate AI entity that has a mind of its own & the techies don’t have a say but surely if an account holder gives permission then the ‘DEVELOPERS’ of the game should be able to do pretty much WHATEVER they want!!! I guarantee if I broke the rules then ‘tech support’ would be able to close my account then!!!.Version: 17.1.0

Too bad for the lost account...I loved this game. Enough to buy upgrades and a VIP status. And if only for the gameplay I would have given 5 stars. However, shortly after I had « secured » my account with game center, as recommended by the in game tutorial, When I opened a session I was back at level 1 with all progression and VIP status vanished... Tried support, but only got what looked like automated replies , and even though I sent my transaction IDs for my purchases, didn’t get back my account. So beware : by going through their help pages, it seems like lost accounts is not a rare issue, and unfortunately tech support is not much of a help. Spending a lot of money on that game may be risky ! Update : I did start Again the game and spent waaayyy too much money in the past two years... now I’ve just been banned for exploiting a bug in the game during 12h, like thousands of other players. E And P claim this is against their terms, but no mention of it in their conditions page. Do not play this game unless you’re willing to spend thousands of $ to stay competitive!.Version: 32.1.2

DésappointéAprès plusieurs heures passées sur ce jeux et beaucoup d’argent investi, je me rends à la conclusion qu’il est pratiquement impossible d’obtenir des héros épiques (5 étoiles). Donc, ne vous faites pas prendre au piège et ne perdez pas votre temps avec ce jeux..Version: 19.1.0

AVOID AVOID AVOIDIf you have and endless cash supply devoted to lining the pockets of the developers then download this game. Could not be a more rigged game available to play. If I could give this game less than zero stars I would. Raids are pre determined before you start, and do not get me started on the alliance wars they cannot be more rigged. DO NOT invest your time or god forgive, you money to this game you will be sorely disappointed. I wish I had the terminology to explain the back end reasoning for it being such a terrible game to play. All I can say is if the game, or the algorithms decide that you are not going to win, it matters not how strong your team is nor how much money you spend nor does it matter how weak your opponent is, you are NOT going to defeat your opponent if it is pre-determined that you will lose. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID. I have already spent too much time on this review considering the developers will simply either ignore it and it not be posted or create some type of excuse for the blatant rigging of this game..Version: 30.0.0

HOAXThis started as such a delightful game, but as soon as you get passed the first stages and you start to establish yourself, it begins. Everything is rigged against you, wars, tournaments, dragons, it’s all created with a single purpose: TO FRUSTRATE YOU! Their algorithm ( and I think all of today’s gaming industry)is created to mess with your brain. To push you to spend money in order to get something. I understand the value of a purchase that can boost your heroes or your farming, but it’s getting out of hand. All is rigged, you need to pour tons of cash to stand a chance and believe me I know! I have spent a lot of money to find utopia, and guess what? IT DOESN’T EXIST! Stop spending money on this stupid games. They bring new stuff to buy every 1/2 weeks and unless your pocket is bottomless you need to spend slot of motto barely keep up… They are a fraud, the arena system is crap. How can I get 5 times more damage from some lower lvl character with exactly the same hero as me??? Even if I have all the buffs in the game I still make less than half the damage he makes… Conclusion: fraud crappy unfair game!!! WILL DELETE! DONT RECOMMEND!.Version: 39.0.3

UnbalancedWars and raid are incredibly poorly balanced. Dodges and resurrection are way to common for defence. Pricing is ridiculous. This is a pay to win game. Period..Version: 44.1.1

Cash cow getting milked dryA good concept and even somewhat enjoyable in the game but this is a very typical pay to win game. Perhaps not even typical actually since it is so ravenous. To put it in perspective, $7 will get you 400 gems. This will buy you a single hero that will be anywhere between tier 3 and 5 (though the way these things are weighted that is almost definitely a 3). Without having paid anything into the game, it took about 10 days to get the gems for that. Combine that with the options in that buy a hero screen have options for buy 10 or buy 30 at once, it is pretty absurd how much these developers are expecting you to spend just to get to roll their weighted dice. Strong concept torn down by excessive greed..Version: 18.1.0

Excellent at start, terrible later onWhen you start playing this, it's great. Progression occurs quickly and you can move through the main quest map at reasonable speed. Later on, enemies get far too hard, so you need to upgrade buildings and craft items to progress. This is of course, natural. However, it takes FOREVER to upgrade and craft stuff. I'm probably midway? through the game and I have to wait THREE DAYS for some process to finish (upgrading or crafting or training) During this time, you can't do 2 of the same process, so, you're locked out from making any further progression. Unless you've bought a second builder or use gems. My main gripe with this game is the cost of everything. For me, the cheapest option for gems is 7 or 8 bucks for 400 gems. Put this into perspective: some of the LONG upgrades cost OVER 1000 gems. And this is just for ONE upgrade. How much does the developer(s) expect their players to pay? Ridiculous! For me, personally, I just play this VERY casually. So, I can wait for things. But for many others, I think the cost of things with real money and the HUGE wait times will turn people away. Be prepared to pay A LOT of money or wait A VERY LONG TIME..Version: 17.0.2

Waste of moneyYou purchase something and 6 months later they come back and tell you , oh we made a mistake and are changing the object that you purchased! We will give you something for your pain and suffering.. then proceed to reward everyone in the game although they never purchased said item. I felt like I bought a Jeep, they delivered me a Suzuki.. and then delivered everyone else one too, even though they never bought a Jeep! So basically the ones who pay are supplementing those who don’t..Version: 31.0.6

Not worth itYou start off the game quick and strong, upgrading your troops fast and cheaply. Up until now the game is great and good fun, however, very quickly greedy developers want you to spend your own real money as upgrading becomes very expensive and takes a long time. Gameplay becomes extremely difficult and eventually simply isn’t worth it!! Progress in the game comes to a standstill and it is at this stage (a week into it for me) that you decide to write a review warning others. I can hon stay tell you don’t bother...it is one of those games where the only way to progress after reaching a certain point (once you have been hooked) is to spend your own hard earned dollars...what a waste!.Version: 1.14.2

Gambling addiction BEWAREYes you can grind away at the game, but to really move forward most items are behind a paywall. 1% or less for good heroes. The gacha/loot box is everywhere. Technically all objects can be gotten by free to play but at such low drop rates, that the need to “keep up” sends you down into the gambling rabbit hole. Please be aware of your spending habits for these pixels you don’t own..Version: 33.0.0

Game doesn’t fully workSo the game has been working perfectly for a couple of weeks now. Good game. Enjoying it. Now apparently other people can attack my base but I cannot take revenge because they are playing on a different app version. Yet there is no update for me. So they can attack me but I cannot attack them. Seems a bit unfair to me..Version: 15.0.1

Upgrades slow downs as you increase levelI’m up for a challenge but this has become ridiculous. The uncommon heroes is just promise. I keep getting old ones from earlier levels. Upgrades slow down when you increase the level by increasing the amount of materials you need but then you will realise that your storage need to upgrade too so you’ll use the materials you save for the level upgrade to upgrade storage thus decreasing your stash making very long and slow to increase stronghold level. Unless you spend money to buy materials. It’s all good when it only cost you $2. I’m going back to Minecraft..Version: 18.1.0

Addicted - However, I’m with the majorityLove the game; however, the fact that you can only upgrade one building at a time, unless you invest cash (and then it’s only 2 at a time with no time or cost difference), the tremendous amount of resources and time required to advance anything and everything, and then the ridiculously hard challenges that you will never pass if you don’t have special items crafted for (& plenty of them) - it all makes it seem as though the game was designed to get you to spend and keep spending money. Because trust me, just investing a few dollars here and there would not help you in this one. I’ve played games where it would/did; this is not one of those games; this is spend, and continue to spend if you want to continue to advance at a decent pace. If you don’t mind playing the same boards over and over to earn the required supplies, while building up your base and heroes, which I’m fine with, then settle in. Make sure you choose a great alliance like I did, chatting with your family can help pass the time and if it’s a good one, they will give you pointers. Sorry mine is all full :) Good luck.Version: 18.0.2

Pay to play or stay away October 2020I’ll probably be deleting the game again soon as you get to a certain level then all progress stops unless you want to spend loads of real money. Basically I play Titan attacking, some of the easier special events and that’s about it. I no longer participate in anything else. They say they have updated and improved the Alliance Wars and Raids in the game but I never liked either of those parts of the game. You not only contend against other players but the game itself unless you pay and pay and pay to play all the time for a “chance” to get any decent heroes. I will not spend money on a game that only offers the player a chance of getting what you require or want. It’s also enough to make you cringe when you get a free go to get a hero as you get all the rubbish low level star ones mainly and then it asks you if you want to claim it which isn’t really an option as you can’t do anything else like refuse it, you mostly do wish though that you could tell ‘em where to stick it all the crap heroes they hand out to you..Version: 31.0.6

Cynical money grab devoid of artistic meritFor starters, there is nothing RPG-like about this game at all. You don’t make a character, you don’t interact with the story (such as it is), and can’t affect the outcome in any way. “Puzzles” is also a misnomer. There’s nothing to solve or figure out. Rather, the outcome of each interaction depends on only two things: the strength of your team and random chance. In reality, this isn’t a game at all. It’s a dressed up slot machine. The designers expect you to spend obscene amounts of money chasing after exceedingly rare prizes in order to “compete” with other players. To keep you spending, they continually publish over-powered content to obsolete the stuff you already bought. And make no mistake, chasing after the good stuff in this game costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month. You can’t tell exactly how much it will cost you because Small Giant isn’t upfront about the true costs of playing. Instead you pay for random pulls, with a very low chance of success. If you choose not to spend, then you can look forward to a long, grinding experience. It takes literally years to get anywhere, and you will never compete with the big spenders because Small Giant continually moves the goal posts by publishing new, more powerful content. In short, Empires and Puzzles is a cynically designed trap built to exploit gambling addicts. Don’t fall for it. Stay away..Version: 34.0.2

Overpriced in game offers. Can’t ascend unless you pay.Highly advisable you don not down load this game. Developers have set drop percentage to minimum and have introduced over powered characters that will sway you to buy their overpriced offers in game to do better at the the game. I recommend do not download and play until they set the % drop at a decent rate and not try and rob players in broad daylight with high prices..Version: 29.0.1

DisapointmentI am playing around 2 years, spent lot of money and most of my 5* heroes are from training camp. Contacted support as comparing to people from my alliance I am very ‚weak’ player, all draws give me either 3*s or if any 5* same ones I have from training camp. It is well frustrating as I am not playing for free but have no benefits from spending money. People from my alliance are spending less money or none and have powerful teams and getting many goods to level them up, when I am struggling with simplest potions as have not enough building materials. I know it is luck- but with that much money spent- there should be at least small benefit. Will stop playing as I cannot grow anymore and it’s a source of frustration. Game should be fun and let you develop- not get you down all the time..Version: 29.0.1

TerribleRead the forums to see just how bad this game is. Waste of time! Super rigged! You get better odds in Vegas..Version: 37.0.3

App TrapThis game is fun for the first 3 months. After that it is almost impossible to win unless you spend money. And they do a good job at trapping you into doing so. The will let you get to the point where you think your about to reach a higher level where the rewards are better and as soon as you are bout to reach you get sent back 2 steps. This gets repeated over and over and unless you spend money on higher level characters you will not succeed and get frustrated to the point where you either spend money on in game packs or you uninstall the game because it is frustrating. Even their matchmaking is set up that way, you get matched up with lower level players witch it says your odds of winning are great and you end up getting destroyed and end up wondering how you lost that battle. Fun game, but not if you want to keep playing par 4 or 5 months..Version: 32.1.2

Unbalanced gameI’m only a couple of days in and can’t progress. Current map level is too hard, seems my hero team is too weak, can’t get recruits to level them up without winning that map level... good concept, but unbalanced and not interesting enough to pay for this early on..Version: 22.1.0

Game Raid Match Making Grossly Unbalanced!The game is pretty good for the exception of the match making for the raids which is grossly unbalanced. Time and time again I save up food for days to roll to match up for a PVP Raid battle and it consistently matches me up against other players that are miles above my Rank, level and team power. You can literally burn through days of food to only be matched up against a team you clearly can't beat and if you do you lose about 4 times the amount of Trophy's you would have won which makes no sense. Although the game pretty cool I am finding the raids extremely frustrating and not wanting to play much anymore. This should be fixed and you should be matched up against others that are your level not 10 to 20 levels above you, that's no match it's a slaughter. I am done and deleting this game. I don't mind the grind and work just don't appreciate a few things like grinding for 4 weeks to get to level 21 and coming on and being squashed by a level 12 that paid to get high level hero's and troops and did no work. I also know that the match making system is broken and you will waste 400kfood just to get matched against 3 or 4 players close to your level. I can no longer invest time in a broken game system that is unfair. There is no return for your efforts unless you pay to play and that is no achievement..Version: 45.1.0

Objective truthIt could be ok, but is slow, it’s boring, it’s .. just really subpar. Doesn’t give free stuff and feels really basic and then it doesn’t even give good rewards or quests that help much. The clans aren’t competitive because there’s no point to it..Version: 1.10.4

Easier to Obtain items and level upGreat game to play I’m in a good team . But I want to play a lot more but can’t because we don’t have ither enough Points or tokensI can’t level up it takes ages if there was a special level that if you complete it the team you use. You have to choose one player to get a one bar level up. There needs to be away we can play more of the game we should get more tokens I think you would keep more people in the game is to make all the attributes to buy the special items more cheaper eg: rings orbs or other special gems including blue diamonds don’t get enough of them so the game would get frustrating because you can’t play with no stars or attributes?!.. 1)make it easier to get special items easier to obtain ?.. 2) make it more enticing buy giving more blue gems?.. 3)make it easier to level up individual team players?.. 4)The place you buy blue gems or promotions they need to be more easier to obtain?... Thank you if this could put in place?... Buzz2381.Version: 20.1.0

Not a fair gameIt recently came out that boards are not random and there may be preferential treatment of beta testers. In my opinion this takes advantage of both the pay to play and non money spending players. This game is not far to all participants..Version: 29.0.1

I just ragequit this game.I played for over a year and managed to level up an “okay” team of 4* heroes. After a year, I finally got a 5*, but her development stalled out at “level 70” for lack of the proper ascension material. This number is meaningless, though, because to get to “level 70” I actually had to ascend at 40, start back at 1, ascend to 50, start back at 1, ascend at 60, start back at 1, and then make it to the level 70 threshold FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF 220 LEVELS, and there are another 80 levels after that! But what really made me quit was the wholly improbable lack of matches during battles. The enemy can clobber you and gain mana every turn, yet your mana only grows when you make a match. The enemy can target your most important heroes first (looking at you, healers), but you can only play whatever will match, even if it means triggering an enemy special that will kill you. The game breaks its own rules in an effort to make you pay for gems that let you “continue the fight!” And during wars, the enemy gets even more buffs. My entire five-hero team was taken out by a single healer who literally couldn’t die because it received extra heals on top of its own. This game sucked me in for way too long, and in the end it gave me nothing but aggravation. I wanted to like it, but I just don’t need it in my life..Version: 27.0.1

Long term player, disappointed in new directionI’ve been playing this game since a month after it’s release. So, 2+ years. I’ve spent money, I have a decent team. But I’ve seen the devs add more and more ways to get you to spend Even more money. Loot has become increasingly lower, and good hero pulls less and less common. There are constantly ways to get you to spend. $3 here, $.99 here, $20 there, it’s annoying to have to click past five offers every time I start the game. The addition of a goblin crate is such crap with you having to pay $3.99 to unlock the junk loot they should give you for free. Or, you can trade in the good items for a bunch of junk food and iron. My food and iron are constantly full because I have nothing to spend it on anymore. The rewards are too low for someone who has their farms and storage maxed out. I can’t possibly craft or create enough to keep my banks from constantly being full . The ninja tower is stupid and a way to get you to waste all of your saved resources. I’ve been extremely disappointed in the way this game has been changing. It was fun, now it’s a greedy money trap..Version: 32.1.0

Boycott this game by all means.An incompetent programmer caused a glitch in the program and because some users found outabout it, they were harshly penalized. This game is all about money making..Version: 32.1.2

Cheap and unbalanced!The Raids were always cheap and unbalanced and the last update made us worst!!!! They keep taking my review down because they don’t want people to see negative reviews! Completely unfair!!!! Every update they make it even more cheap!!! Pure unfair garbage!!!!.Version: 35.0.0

AnnoyingThese constant updates are getting ridiculous! It’s as if I’m having to update twice a week now! Just a second ago I was MID GAME and it kicked me out forcing me to update. Also the levels are getting almost impossible to complete. It was fun at the beginning but now the developers are getting too greedy, thinking about the amount of money I’ve spent buying gems to upgrade hero’s is the only reason why I’m still playing, just so I can get my money’s worth. Next “update” message I receive I’m going to delete the app for good. What a shame 👎🏼.Version: 15.1.0

Too bad...You really get to like this game, but must have alot of patience or invest alot of money...!! If you don’t pay the big bucks to upgrade it will take forever to have something somewhat decent... Too bad!.Version: 31.0.3

Lack of reward, poor odds and expensiveHe main premise of any game is reward for time spent. In the first few hours of the game you get just that, buildings are erected within a couple of minutes, plenty of fights to be won and easy levelling. After that it becomes an arduous unnecessarily long process of progression and the rewards just simply aren’t there. To get new stronger characters you have to acquire 300 gems which then only give you a chance (and a little one at that) of getting a decent character. To acquire these gems could take weeks playing a couple of hours a day. It’s obvious to even the most naive gamer that this game was created to farm money but even a large cash injection will give you a small chance of getting the reward. All backwards and delete after the first few hours.Version: 1.13.2

Not a good reviewMoney greedy app, can never get any good hero’s always getting duplicates!! have to pay to get 5* ascension items, no rewards for the effort you put in.Version: 30.0.0

An honest review of a Potential great game....ruined by greed.This game is an excellent mobile game as far as they go, it can appeal to various groups of people whether playing casually or intensively. With the usual build your base, progress through the stages and get stronger! However be expected to spend money to progress into the higher ranks at any great speed. The game system is based around character purchases called heroes which you get to purchase more of (other than the daily giveaways or by training them once in the higher ranks, taking days to complete) via gems, which come in petty amounts of 2 or 3 for tasks, especially after reaching level 10. This leads to a bombardment most days of “offers” where you part with your cash for savings on gems and other helpful in game materials through in game purchases. Just to be clear though you can’t purchase a character hero you want.....by gain big in the gems department prepare to roll the dice with fingers crossed through a summoning process producing low quality heroes 97% of the time ( and that’s being generous ) with the occasional high yield ... it’s just betting without legislation for it! Enjoy..Version: 34.0.1

Don’t waste your moneyI played this game for a long time and I think like all games it’s run its course all developers seem to do this when the find a hit, they get greedy and this one is no exception, I loved this game but now it’s not worth the dollars I have hero’s I can not level after 5 years and I spend!! The drop rates are off and for an intelligent gamer the algorithm that controls play is horribly obvious it was a good game and time killer when I started and you could even go F2P and still have a good go with a competitive team if you were patent but it’s lost so much as the developer tried to get more money out of its players. This was a winner but it’s just lost that feel and it comes down to the dollar.Version: 47.0.0

Greedy and riggedThis game was totally awesome in the early days however it is now more boring than watching the grass grow in your backyard. Developers are way too greedy and will eventually ruin this game completely. Everything takes forever!!! From upgrades to leveling up heroes or summoning them. Free players don’t seem to get anywhere fast, spending a couple of bucks here and there seemed to half the time and get things moving along well for a short while. Players who spend thousands of dollars get there quickly but lose interest as game is very repetitive with nothing to look forward too. I guess I’m in the group of players who spent couple of dollars ($100 or less) and was able to drag the fun for a while but fun is gone and time to delete the game..Version: 20.1.0

Money grabberOne of those games where everything takes ages when you don’t spend money on gems. In the end you never get satisfied anyways as it’s pretty much based on luck (how often the right jewels line up). Youll also find that depending on how you line up your troops, the game has very “convenient” way of playing against you and respawning the kind of jewel you dont bank on or simply placing them in the disadvantageous spots. Frustrating more than entertaining..Version: 27.0.1

I’d give it 4 butI’d give it 4 or even 5 stars, the graphics & game play are really good, but I have an issue with the drop rates of the items you need to level up your legendary hero’s. It’s almost non existent. Even if you spend the money on the “special” promos you don’t get the items you need to level up past 70. Example: I’ve needed spy glasses to level up one of my legendary heroes. I’ve got 3......in almost 6 months of daily playing. 3. I’ve needed shields for 2 of my other hero’s for just as long. 6 months and I still can’t get the needed ingredients to level anyone up. Also the drop rates for legendary characters is very low to begin with, so when you’re fortunate enough to get one you want to level them up. A lot of players drop out due to this frustration. Really need to look at these drop rates as it turns a fun game into a grind & then it’s no fun. Update: our group was chatting about this and our group leader has had 5 hero’s that he hasn’t been able to level up after over 500 days & a lot of money spent. All of them ice hero’s. Since my review I came back to drop it to 1 star. The drop rates have gotten worse. You pretty much have to spend big money in order to level up legendary hero’s. Our group has been slowly disintegrating due to this. So if you play be warned, you won’t ever get anywhere without spending a ton of money & then still sit there with hero’s not playable. Congrats to the developers on making a money tree..Version: 22.0.0

ShamefulGame is a money grab. U get nothing from spending any money. Game is horrible. U have no chance of anything without spending money, and even then your chances are still low. Waste of time.Version: 34.0.2

Could have been great but....Developers are killing their cash cow. Loot is insanely hard to come by. Getting your heroes to the final tier takes months. The raiding system has been changed so you lose to players way below you. Costs lots of money to be competitive and you have to spend lots more to stay there. Game won’t be here by the end of 2018. Save your money and play something else..Version: 1.10.2

Terrible designAs others have pointed out, it’s gonna cost an INSANE amount of money to EVEN HAVE A CHANCE to climb the ranks. You can drop $100 on the largest gem bundle and you are not guaranteed to get even one top tier item/hero/etc. The alternative is to spend literally months grinding out the same boring levels to build up resources in the hopes that you can get what you need to progress and upgrade a single hero. No exaggeration, expect 3-5 pop ups every single time you open the app trying to get you to buy stuff. Porn sites have fewer pop ups. I’ve played other games with in app purchases, but this is a whole new level of money sink. To give an example, clash of clans also offers gems for purchase. However, you can get exactly what you want upgraded if you choose to spend money. Here, not only do you get fewer gems per dollar, but this is basically buying pulls on the lever of a slot machine. I don’t even know how that’s legal while I cannot play online poker because that’s “gambling.” Absolutely everything in the game is luck based, skill is not even a factor. You’ll get a lot more for your time and (if you choose) money elsewhere. Unless you have a couple thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, or a couple hours a day for the next year or so, avoid this one..Version: 17.1.0

Fun game but it’s a money grabber!!! BEWAREHonestly I like this game but Small Gaint is getting greedy...players are spending money for almost nothing in return!!! Stop spending money on this game app until they show us some change in their gaming system!!!.Version: 30.0.0

Do not pay for in game purchasesThis game revolves around summoning heroes, which you either need tokens or gems for, you can totally do it without spending but it will take a while, and you may often feel annoyed at those who pay loads and have much better items than you Everything is geared t try and make you spend more, reducing the quality of quest rewards so you spend more, poor odds at getting good heroes, all to get you addicted to the gambling nature of this game, the thing is, spending doesn’t increase your chances and you end up more disappointed because you have nothing to show for your purchase. The only saving grace of the game are the alliances where you can meet sone awesome people and have a bit of banter, but seriously, try to play without spending or the gambling will burn you out and reduce any enjoyment the game could potentially bring..Version: 44.0.2

TerribleYou have to pay money if you want to be good at this game, I deleted it because I wanted a new account and it said if you delete the game you will loose your data, but when I deleted it and got it again it just had my horrible data from last time, DO NOT DOWNLOAD.Version: 30.0.2

Needs better internal marketing and balanceThis game overloads on internal marketing all of the wrong type: spend cash for more. I think each time a new batch of heroes pops up everyone should get a token in their inbox that when used gives them a hero of that batch. People will be far more enticed to try to get heroes of that batch if they already have one, upfront, for free. Also improved balance is a must. Including lowering gem cost, etc..Version: 36.0.2

Only for big spendersI was a huge fan of the game from launch, and have happily spent a fair amount on the game. It’s always been an expensive game; you won’t make it to the top of the rankings unless you spend considerably. And if you don’t have the top ‘key’ hero’s your chances of winning any of the top rewards is practically non-existent. It is and has become a game that is exclusively geared towards the top spenders only. They continue to reduce the drop rates of 5* hero’s, so even spending large amounts gets you nil. The rewards system hasn’t been updated since launch, so at a certain level your progress comes to a screeching halt (unless you spend like a mega whale). And they continually nerf the more common hero’s, but don’t nerf the rare super powerful hero’s that only a handful of their highest spenders have. They updated POV recently to add rewards for completing early, but then made it significantly harder (lower completion points) so the update is moot for any but the top paying players. I still play because of my investment, but won’t spend in the game again. I would not recommend this game to anyone who doesn’t want to make frequent large purchases..Version: 39.0.0

SGG Should Take NotesI have been playing empires and puzzles for three years. There are many positives about this game, hence my continued engagement. That said, there are many areas of improvement that the developer has continued to ignore despite many recommendations from players. I would encourage SGG to review Call of Antia. This game has a far superior summoning and tile RNG, better animation, more engaging music, and more accessible features for a free to play or pay to play player. SGG has continued to ignore the complaints about 5* summons, PvP and war mechanics, and the seemingly favoritism shown towards players who spend more. Empires and puzzles is not a balanced game, it is a cash whale. I find myself anticipating logging into Call of Antia far more than I do empires and puzzles. Empires and puzzles has become the lesser game. Buyer beware, this game is far more interested in your ability to spend than the time you spend playing. To point, I’m sure I will get a form letter or blanket response that is typical to this developer, but if you are a bored player (of which there are many) or even a new one, try the newer game with the better mechanics. SGG: take note of Call of Antia. You have become outclassed and made obsolete..Version: 44.1.1

A pay to win match three gameThis is a Puzzle & Dragon like game. Players can assign different heroes into the battle. Match the color corresponding gems to launch attacks and gain mana for the heroes with the same color. The match three gameplay is on the simple part since the purpose of the core gameplay is launch attacks. There’re 2 special combinations which will lead to different special matching. With such depth of the match three gameplay, the key factor of winning is not how good you are at making matches, but depends on the strength of your heroes and armies. That’s why, this game has a mobile SLG like meta system for the resource collection and growth. Players have to invest tons of time and resource to get random heroes cards. And use those cards as resources to upgrade the main heroes. It is a fine choice for this type of game, match three gameplay has its skill barriers for players. The limited steps and puzzles will conflict with the RPG type of battle which eventually leads to confusion and don’t know which is more important. So the current choice is a nice balance between match three gameplay and RPG like battle. Just the match three gameplay is too simple that it makes the game feels more like a pay to win game..Version: 36.0.3

Marketing genius is a fail for meI suppose it is marketing genius that this game has upped the characters levels, pretty much meaning spend more money. I have enjoyed playing this game for a few years and have spent way too much money on building characters and my empire. That being said, since they have changed things, I will probably still play the game but will never spend another dollar building my characters. Ever. Funny thing, if they hadn't changed things, I would still be sucked into dropping a lot of money on this game (for challenge events or deals) but after this marketing move, they lost me as a paying player. I wonder how many others feel the same way I do?.Version: 39.0.2

Terrible SupportI was surprised how bad their support team is. I bought a team slot thinking it was adding a team member, the wording was poor. I immediately contacted the support team to reverse. 3 days later, after multiple back and forths, they inform me that they won’t do it. I had bought a VIP membership too and they didn’t care. Don’t spend in this game, they don’t care about you..Version: 39.0.3

Painfully slowYou will need to play every day for months to make any significant progress..Version: 19.1.0

Fixed!!!If you like playing games that change the rules and move the goal posts on every update, then this is the game for you! I’ve been playing it for over a year and I’ve come to realise that it’s fixed. The matchmaking for wars is rubbish, sometimes putting you against teams that you’ll have no chance of beating or, when it does pit you against a beatable team, it will fix the match so that you lose anyway. The tiles rarely match the players you’re playing with, or your hits somehow do less damage than they should. The summons that you get VERY rarely give you decent players, often respawning the same rubbish 3 star players over and over and over again. Then of course there is the pay to win aspect, which you would think would work in your favour but doesn’t, still giving you cack players that cost you an arm and a leg for the privilege. It used to be good but now, it’s not worth the time. The developers have really fudged this game up. I’ve thought about purchasing similar games but this has really put me off. If you like to play to pass time or to wind down? Don’t bother it’s infuriating! Even the most peaceful and calmest of people will end up throwing their phone to the ground and stamping on it out of sheer frustration! Seriously, avoid at all costs!.Version: 30.0.2

Hm. Not so much fun.I started this as a fun way to do a match-3 game during my free time. Somehow, it turned into more of a chore than a fun adventure. The part I dislike the most, as some have mentioned, is the match-up during raids. I know the parameters and what they use to determine who you match with, but it still seems like it’s not fair either way and definitely not consistent at all. The amount of resources it takes to get anywhere in the game is a joke, even if you spend money, which is not a guarantee that you’ll get something you actually need/want. It would be different if, like other games, the money you spent got you what you needed all the time. But in this game, it’s a huge gamble and not worth the risk. I’m getting pretty tired of the whole process. It’s not fun anymore. The only good thing I kind of enjoy is the alliance I belong to, which isn’t even a high-ranked one, but it seems to have some fun people so I like that aspect. Now with the wars added, plus raids (which I still hate because there is zero consistency and the matching makes absolutely no sense still), plus the usual gameplay progression, Titans, AND quests/events... it seems like there’s too much going on in one game. Things happen so fast I barely get a chance to participate and that’s disappointing. Plus I feel to get anywhere in this game and to be a competitor, you have to spend money. Not cool..Version: 1.11.1

Major money grabThis game will rip you off on an extremely low chance of getting anything useful in return. Deleted my account after wasting a year of my life....Version: 32.0.0

Worst game everThis is one of the worst games in the apple store. The advert for this game goes for too long. When will apple get rid of these silly games. Seems like more junk games every day..Version: 1.11.3

The good, bad and frustratingThere are many things to like about this game. Enough to keep me coming back. Like the types of power each character brings to a battle and the matching gems gaming. But it is not without its faults. And it is the frustration of this game that is making me reconsider playing it. 1) It takes a long time to build or increase things like buildings and storage capabilities. A long time (we are talking days and days for some builds or research) and a lot of resources. The only way to get around this is to pay (in the form of buying gems.) 2) You often don’t get any special or interesting characters and it is annoying to spend hard earned (or even paid for) gems to wind up with the same characters over and over. It should be guaranteed that you get a four or five star specialty character when opting for the special summons categories. It is total luck and often luck is not in your favour. 3) My biggest pet peeve and hate are the raids. It is maddening to return to the game and find you’ve been raided so many times (and lost) so that you are literally 100’s of trophy points down. Trying to get them back is a challenge and often raids you should win, you don’t. But you HAVE to do the raids because it is the only way to earn trophies and if in an alliance this is important. 4) The war - once you use your best characters in one round you cannot reuse them for the entire war. Maybe it should be that once your battle lives are replenished, all your characters are too. Low powered teams are severely disadvantaged. 5) Ascending requirements. It is really difficult to ascend your characters and thus progress your team power and game play opportunities when some ascension items are almost impossible to come across. I have been playing a year now- I have two characters that both require the same amount of shields (4) for each ascension. I had to choose which character to ascend. Now I am still waiting to get the same amount again (and I will have to choose again) which character progresses. A year to get 6 needed items is pretty much ludicrous. It has a lot going for it but I am not sure I have the willingness to sustain my frustration this game gives me most days. I enjoy many of my characters and like fighting titans when I get the team just right to maximise points. It is nice to be in an alliance and chat with others in the team. If the developers would consider making a few changes to the areas discussed above, I imagine I will continue to use this as my go to procrastination tool. But if it stays the same... I think I am going to give it up before I smash my phone post a maddening raid!.Version: 1.12.5

Tedious and repetitive ... and you can’t win without spending moneyJust another gem matching game. The “battles” are repetitive and tiring. No special bonus gems as you advance in levels. The same monsters over and over again. A mind numbing game with lots of repetition. Did I mention how repetitive it is? Another problem is that you just cannot win without spending money. All currency is based on gems. It takes an insane amount of time to accumulate any amount that you can buy meaningful stuff..Version: 32.1.0

Spoiling good system....I am giving only 2 stars as a result of latest update that changed the rules in the event of a long fight during raid. The developer added some time frame feature and in the event of a lengthy game this kicks in and unless you kill all enemies you are classed as defeated. In the case of my duel I had all 5 of my characters with over 80% of health remaining with a healer in my squad while the enemy had 2 heroes both healers so it was taking me some time to use enough shields to charge up my heroes manna in order to use the special powers. The time kicked in and I lost. Before this update the previous system would have just changed the walrus to max damage. No it’s a terrible new idea that is favouring the attacked team and it spoils the raids experience. In this situation the victory should be judged by the number of heroes remaining and maybe the total of their life points which would be more accurate and fair. Apart of that the game is well made but this new change really spoils the fun......Version: 20.1.0

创意不错,不过凑了300水晶就给一个三星,果断删创意不错,不过凑了300水晶就给一个三星,果断删.Version: 20.0.0

What a con job!This game is all about extracting $,£,€,¥... It’s designed to get every dime out of you! And will give you nothing but disappointment in return! I wished I had never given them my $$$! But I will promise you this, I won’t give you not another dime! If you are a beginner, take this warning! There are so many other games that give you a fair run for your money! Try playing Raid, MythWars, war of Valhalla and three kingdom! I promise you all of them will treat you better! Don’t waste your money on this stupid game! And heads up, no point in complaining to their support! As they have pre scripted paragraphs ready for you, and will respond with some BS comment that how every aspect of this game is all assigned by some random algorithm designed to give away mats, heroes, troops, tiles throughout the game! TRUST ME, DONT BELIEVE ANY OF THEIR BS Stories! Also I am putting together a class action, to make E&P pay back all the money we have wasted here! I will keep you all posted, when the time comes to join-in, in this class action!.Version: 30.0.2

Beware…As many others before me have mentioned, this game is all about the money regardless of how it’s disguised. It will seem manageable to start off, but quickly becomes too difficult to progress unless you spend spend spend. The ironic part about it, is that spending guarantees you absolutely nothing! In fact, the more you spend, the more frustrated you will be that you did and got hardly anything, and nothing that you will feel is worth your money. The upper levels are even more difficult and the thing about this is you will need to upgrade your hero’s to even be competitive so you will feel the urge to keep trying for better hero’s but the odds are like .001 that you will receive one. Shameful money grab. You will read that you can play for free, but believe me, you can’t beat anyone or progress for free. This is ridiculous. Don’t fall for it...... I haven’t spent nearly as much as others and it’s apparent. My hero’s are stuck waiting endlessly to be upgraded, I don’t have a 5* hero and I get beat or loose all the time to those you do. This is no puzzle game either. The boards are controlled in some manner and you will lose in the end. Don’t take my word for it, read the reviews or better yet go to the actual community forum..Version: 16.1.0

PAY TO PLAYThis game is so pay to play and it’s a shame that the creators of this game do such junk work to make this pay to play..Version: 38.0.1

Do not spent money, you will regret itI used to be a fan of this game, but after 2 years of play the game developers have lost my loyalty when they decided to reduced the power of things I spent money to get. They reduced the power not once, not twice, but three times now. Do not spend money on this game. You will pay for things that get changed on you..Version: 31.0.6

Started great but has become a choreI started the game 2 years ago with the intention of keeping it free to play (f2p) but that quickly changed. After stumbling upon an active alliance, I was pressured to advance faster. Player issue, not a game issue for certain. Except that part of advancing faster means better heroes, and better troops, and more mats, and the fastest way to get there is to purchase and spend gems. So I spent the better part of a year spending pretty freely. Again, player issue. But I dialed it back for a bit. And then started spending again after listening to the buzz from teammates and the forum. It really is set up to generate peer pressure to keep up. And then 2020 happened. Major nerfs to heroes that many chased and attained. And more nerfs to the same heroes. But then more powerful heroes are released. And yup, after a few months of monetary gain from players chasing to keep up with their peers, those heroes are nerfed. On the same day the devs announce that some of the most powerful and sought after heroes will be getting boost, as long as you can summon their proposed costume. That was the last straw. I fed my top heroes to the worst available that I had and removed the game from my phone. You might think that this is my personal issue but I’m not the only one. Many players are leaving the game. Feel free to join but know that the developers are preying on your competitive nature with an eye on your wallet at all times..Version: 34.0.1

Chances of good hero draws are kept so lowDevelopers are asking you to spend gems on a gamble to get a good hero, and instead of gambling to try and get top rank 5 heroes of the right colour for your team they throw in low rank 3 s to waste your gems on filler heroes. Drop rate for the good ones is kept low with low rank fillers to keep you spending. Makes it hard to like the rest when they scalp you like this..Version: 45.0.4

Once upon a timeOnce upon a time this was a fantastic game. But since the December purchase this game has failed miserably. That was when corporate mogul Zynga purchased little giant. I have seen a game where you could find rare heroes and get decent in game drops decline into a game all about the almighty dollar. They say it’s free but unless you pay to play you will never advance. Case in point five star heroes. I have a few teams of them. However I have not picked up a single one since prior to last December. I have a moderately strong team as well (4100 power strong). Since the takeover the in game trophy count I have continues to fall. I cannot in any way shape or form even beat a team at 3500 power be it in war or raid mode. It’s not about my team mix for it is strong. It is about how utterly random the tiles lay out for an individual player. In conclusion unless a new player is willing to spend a lot of money on this game said new player has little to no room to truly ever grow and become powerful. As in most other Zynga platform games, what once was a fun game is now a ridiculous waste of time and energy for a player to have fun in a free game for the greedy corporation has decided it’s all about the money. A one time 5 star rating I have is changed to a 1 star rating. Avoid this game unless you are truly willing to spend heavy..Version: 23.0.1

Money PitThis game takes your money and gives nothing in return. The chances of getting the best or rare heroes is way too low. You can spend a reasonable amount of money like I have and get absolutely nothing for it. You’re only chance to be able to advance in this game is to spend hundreds of dollars every month.Version: 23.0.0

Money pitBeware - this game gets you in at the start with good progress and rewards. And it is a great idea -fun to play. But it is still largely luck-based and soon you are forced to pay money to upgrade heroes to the point where they can actually win battles. Lots of money. And you soon realise that the huge range of heroes they claim to have simply isnt the case. You can see this from your own team and from your opponents. This game is a great money spinner for the developers. Do not buy..Version: 1.13.5

Honest review, cash grab, unfair algorithmsThe game is very good. Maybe too good. It can be addictively good. A fact that the company that owns it is well aware of, and you (if you have the ability) will end up parting with your hard earned cash, or you will progress at a 100th of the rate. Everything costs, and you will be sucked in for years, it really does take that long to build up to any decent level. I myself have played for about 15 months, spent quite a lot of money and only achieved a mediocre lvl 44. I do love the game tho and play every day, I get frustrated with algorithms, that purposely do not give tiles you need, purposely done I feel to cause frustration and therefore more spending. You can obtain new hero’s, but it will mostly be season 1 hero’s, which are woefully outclassed, unless again you start digging deep into your pockets. The artwork is very good . I get the feeling that the customers (players) are held in very little regard, and are seen as little more than cash cows.Version: 46.0.1


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